Friday, May 20, 2011
A couple of days ago I picked all the peaches because they were falling to the ground by the hour. We have been eating peaches, and today I finally went through the remainder. I threw away a lot of them, scalded and peeled the rest, and made sugar-free jam out of the yield. According to the pectin packet, the calories for each tablespoon of finished product are 45 if made with the regular recipe, 30 if made with the less sugar recipe, and 5 if made with the "no sugar needed recipe." (Than means Splenda, or sucralose.) I used sucralose. The whole mess is cooling now, and I'll find out tomorrow if it jelled.
I made grape jelly once in Indianapolis, because we had a Concord grape vine that produced bushels of fruit. I used three times the recipe's required juice and it did jell. It was also the best grape jelly I have ever tasted. This time the BW wants it sweet, so I followed the recipe. I hope she likes it, or I'll be eating a lot of toast with peanut butter and peach jam.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I walked the dogs this morning, then met Dan at Nelson's to inventory the supplies the Kiwanis have. He took the pizza shells, cheese, and pepperoni home to thaw in his refrigerator, and we met at Sam's Club the buy the missing material. We bought 80 hamburgers, 80 buns, ketchup, two jars of pizza sauce, two boxes of Pepsi (would have been three cases in the old days), paper plate, and paper napkins. When I took the Pepsi and hamburgers back to Nelsons (hamburgers in the freezer) I found another 320 napkins, so we probably shouldn't have bought the napkins. The only good news is, they won't spoil. We have tons of water, propane, etc. And Jim Engle is bringing his generator for the pizza oven.
We will be selling at Pop Stansall Park Saturday from eleven to three, so we meet at Nelson's at 9:45. This is the most reasonable event for a long time - I get tired of being at Nelson's at 6:00 AM on a Saturday. Dan is going to get 100 one's for change, and I will get a bunch of fives and tens. I also get back the $106 I spent at Sam's eventually, as well as our starting change.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
You know how much fun it is to clean out a filing cabinet, or closet. Today I decided that I really should clean up this computer. I don't know how old it is, but it's a Windows XP Media Center. One bit of software says it's a single 64 bit processor, so you know it's getting old - and slow.
Today I went to the administrative part of Windows, did a disk cleanup and disk defrag, searched for PC cleaners, ran the free PC Cleaner software, and came up with 10,634 problems. I paid the $29.95 and cleaned up the problems, then eliminated about half the programs that I didn't starting at turn-on, and got a computer that works a whole lot faster than it used to - doing everything. It turns on and boots up in a fraction of the time it did take, and the browser images pop up at about the same speed as my son-in-law's new liquid cooled machine did when we visited in October.
Sometime it pays to clean out the closet - I wish I had done it sooner.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday evening the BW wanted a Subway sub for supper, but I wasn't really hungry because I had eaten some peanuts an hour earlier. As a consequence I suggested that I guy one 12 inch sub and we each eat half. She really wanted two 12 inch subs, and I didn't suggest that I have a bowl of soup or something else - I just went out and got two oven roasted subs, exactly alike, with
Swiss cheese and mayo.
When we sat down for supper I ate my entire sub, and she ate just the first half of hers, then decided to save the other half because she was full. It was an extreme lack of both my sales ability and my restraint.
Today, a friend wanted me to meet him for a couple of beers about four in the afternoon, and I told him that I was in the middle of making chicken noodle soup, with the stock made and the meat separated on the chicken. The BW told me to go head - keep him company because his wife was away, so I did. I met him and stayed until after seven, drinking four beers and eating chips and fries, and hearing that he had been fired today and the story of his latest marriage. I still haven't got the hang of drinking without eating, or the knack of nursing a beer.
So I have overindulged twice in three days without a reasonable excuse either time. I consider it a lack of commitment.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I have been paying for AOL for many years - originally I switched because a financial column was only on that service, later because I could automatically upload and download all my e-mail is a short time (when we were in a campground with telephone access), and the last few years because our oldest daughter wanted to keep her AOL user id. After it was free (she has high-speed internet) I kept it because there were two of us using the McAfee antivirus software. I saw an article (I think within the last year) about free suites that gave you good protection, but didn't do anything about it, but this month's Consumer reports rated the antivirus software, and several of the free programs rated much higher than McAfee.
I saw that article a couple of days after I got a notice from my phone/cable/internet provider that my monthly bill was going up $11 right now. Since I'm paying $9.99 a month for AOL I decided the check out the free software. The first thing I did was to check with the other kids, and our son tells me he is running four antivirus (AV) programs at the same time on his computers. The youngest daughter and son-in-law had copious advice (with four kids who aren't careful, and lots of computers, they have had lots of bad experiences) and I got recommendations for several other free programs.
I did download Avira a few days ago, and it ran just fine along with McAfee, and found two trojans and another bad file that McAfee had missed. Then I downloaded and stored AVG and Avast! but didn't start them. After a couple more days I tried to start AVG, but it wouldn't start because the McAfee firewall was turned on. I checked and turned the Microsoft firewall on before turning the McAfee firewall off. Everything went fine for a day, so I completely shut down McAfee for a couple of days.
One thing that our son-in-law said was that the multiple programs would slow down the computer, but I wasn't able to see any difference is response times. Today I tried to install AVG, and it did install, but didn't do anything. I told it to repair itself, and it said that it couldn't run because McAfee was there, so I told it to remove itself, which it did. Then I went to the Control Panel and removed McAfee, so now this computer is running with just the Microsoft firewall and the free Avira.
What I noticed today was a much faster response of the computer with only Avira running. It is significantly faster than it was with McAfee running by itself. That really blows my mind, because the Avira is a much larger program than McAfee, and it checks nearly four times as many files on the computer as McAfee claimed to check. I don't know - I checked and I have 70 GB used, and I don't really see how I used up that much memory.
I will let things go for a while, and if there are no problems, and I can convince Annie to get some other antivirus software, I'm going to cancel AOL. It's not much of a hit to the outside world, but it gets irritating that everything keeps going up by hugh percentages, and I keep having the same amount of income. I though about just cancelling the cable, but sometimes we do want to watch TV, and without cable we only get one TV station here.
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